Get Started and Join OLLI @ Pitt

Step One: Become a Member

When you join Osher and become a member, you can then register for unlimited non-credit courses, lectures, and events, as well as recieve other membership benefits.

The first thing to know is that to join you will pick a membership type (annual member for 3 consecutive terms or a one-term membership). From there you will have the ability to select courses, lectures, and events.

To become a member, you can use our online system.

JOIN ONLINE - You will use our website registration system to purchase your membership.

  • Click here to go to our registration and membership system
  • If you have never been a member and have not used our system previously, click on "Sign In" in the upper right hand side of the registration website and create a new account.
    (If you have been a member before and need to renew, sign in with your username and password.)
  • Go to the homepage and click on "Select/Renew Membership".  Select a membership and ADD TO CART.
  • Then return to homepage and browse courses by clicking on OLLI Session 1 or 2, OLLI Courses by Topic, Lectures, etc.  When you see a course that you want, click on "ADD TO CART".
  • When you are done adding courses go to VIEW CART in the upper right hand side of the page and go through the process of checking out and paying. (If you are a paid, member be sure to click "PURCHASE" to complete your process, however, you will not need to enter payment).
  • You will receive email confirmation of your courses and payment.

Next, Register for Courses Online

Find detailed instructions in this document --> How to register online.  Our most recent catalog has many OLLI courses, lectures and special events. A list of preapproved undergraduate courses for auditing are also provided through a link on our registration page. Proceed to our online registration page to sign up for courses once course registration is open.

Other Course/Membership Registration Options

Due to Covid-19, The University of Pittsburgh requires all those entering Pitt buildings to have a valid Pitt ID card. If you have an up-to-date Osher Pitt I.D. card you will be able to enter Posvar Hall and the OLLI Office suite. If you otherwise would like to come to our office in person to join Osher or to register for courses, please call us or email so we can make an appointment and designate you as a guest to enter the building.

You may also mail your form and payment to join Osher or to renew your membership. Download and print the form, complete all required information including the Pitt waiver on the back and mail it to us with your payment at the address below. You can also print the Course Registration Form, fill in the courses you would like, and mail it with your payment.

Mailing Address

University of Pittsburgh
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
College of General Studies
1400 Wesley W. Posvar hall
230 S. Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Phone: 412-624-7308

Office Hours

We are in the office Monday - Wednesday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (please call ahead to be sure we are in). Thursdays and Fridays we are working remotely and can be reached by phone at (412)624-7308 or email at osher@pitt.edu and we will get back to you.

Request Information

If you would like more information, complete our Request Information Form. (Currently, our course catalog is made available in digital form online.)

General Registration Information and Policies

Please see the Member's Handbook for more information regarding Osher policies and procedures.

OLLI Course Registration Deadlines

You may register for any OLLI course, space permitting, until its start date. We encourage you to register early because some courses have limited enrollment and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis; others may be cancelled due to low enrollment. If you register for a course that is filled, you will be notified immediately.

Audit Course Registration Deadline

The registration deadline for each term is the last day of that term's add/drop period. We urge you to call the specific University of Pittsburgh department prior to the first class meeting to confirm the course time and location. Click to read Audit Course policies and procedures.

Class Attendance and Course Withdrawal

You may take an unlimited number of OLLI courses or as space permits. However, only register for the courses and events that you plan to attend. Also, only attend a course or event once your registration has been confirmed. If you cannot attend an OLLI course for which you registered, please email us at osher@pitt.edu to withdraw.

Confirmation

You will receive an email confirmation of your course registration.  If you do not receive your confirmation, call 412-624-7308 or email us at osher@pitt.edu to confirm your enrollment.

OLLI Refund Policy

For the Summer 2022 term, we will process a refund for your Term Membership fee, a new member Annual Membership purchased to start for Summer term, or a 2nd Installment Membership purchased to start in Summer term if you request one before May 15, 2022 - AND - if you have not used your membership for any Osher event or activity. Otherwise, we are unable to provide refunds unless we cancel programming.

Membership in OLLI is nontransferable.

Textbooks and Materials

Texts and materials required by the OLLI course instructor will be indicated on your confirmation. Copies of required texts will be available at The University Store on Fifth, located at 4000 Fifth Avenue, in a special section for OLLI. Texts for audit courses are shelved by department, catalog number, and class number.

Accessibility

Please call 412-624-7308 to inform us of your needs. To ensure accommodation, please contact us at least two weeks before the start of the course.

Severe Weather Policy

OLLI follows the University of Pittsburgh's severe weather policy. Any changes to normal University operations will be announced on major radio and television stations. Off-campus OLLI courses are automatically cancelled when their locations close their sites. If the University is not closed, it is up to the instructor of the individual class to make the determination if the class will meet as scheduled. Cancellations will also be announced on this website and on our social media.

In the event of an OLLI course cancellation, members will be notified as soon as possible and a class make-up time will be scheduled. If you are unsure as to whether a course will meet, you may also call 412-624-7308. Please use your discretion as to the weather and your safety.